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Photo © by Sam Woods
Photographed: El Cajas NP, Ecuador, February 2010.
Conirostrum binghami

Oreomanes fraseri


Slaty-gray upperside, chestnut underside, and white cheek patch of variable size.

Juveniles have black stripes in the chestnut on breast and flanks.


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and very northernmost Chile. According to Birdlife1, the species has recently been recorded in Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[2].

The genus Oreomanes was found to be embedded in genus Conirostrum and therefore, this species was moved to the second of these genera.


Polylepis, a red wood also called paper-trees.


Likes to be hitching along the trunks and on branches.


Little is known about their diet, but they do take spiders and arthropods, such as beetles and larvae.


  1. Birdlife International species account read in October 2008
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2014)

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